Mark Rodeghier

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"Mark Rodeghier has been President and Scientific Director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies since 1986. Born in Hammond, Indiana, in 1953, he earned a B.S. in astrophysics from Indiana University in 1975. After a year of graduate study at the University of Sussex in England, he returned to complete a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in sociology. His dissertation, Factors Influencing Attitudes Toward Controversial Research : Quantitatively Disentangling the Social from the Scientific, explores the attitudes toward the study of extraterrestrial intelligence by the scientific community. Other publications include numerous articles for IUR and the Journal of UFO Studies, and UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference: a Catalog and Data Analysis (Evanston, IL: Center for UFO Studies, 1981)." He notes that "I was very interested since the age of nine. In fact, I had heard about Hynek’s work and wrote to him when I was 11 to ask his advice on how to become an astronomer. Because I became interested at such a young age, I never stopped to wonder "why."" [1]


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  1. Center for UFO Studies Mark Rodeghier, organizational web page, accessed July 22, 2013.